Have you ever been so hungry that it adversely affected your mood? Your stomach rumbles and gurgles; you begin to feel weak, almost faint; there isn’t much you can do about it because a) there’s no food in the house, b) you only have $1.28 in your wallet, c) you fell down a well and can’t climb out, or d) that damn chef at that damn restaurant is taking too damn long with your damn food that you ordered 67 damn minutes ago.
If any of the above describes your situation (past or present), you know that being that hungry is no joking matter. This is a serious hunger. You have reached the crossroads of hungry and angry. It’s not pretty. You’re hyper-snippy and snap at people for committing the smallest infraction (“Say WHAT?!? I know you didn’t just say hello to me!”), you’re so on edge you want to flip over cars and step on people like your name was Godzilla and you feel so empty and hollow inside that when you talk, there’s a distinct echo coming from your inner realm.
You, my friend, are hangry. For your edification, here is my definition of hangry:
Han·gry: (hān-gree) adjective — To be so hungry that you become angry; hunger and anger co-exist within you and makes everyone’s life around you a living hell. Of course, there’s always a nicer way of phrasing it (but if you’re hangry, you probably don’t give a damn about the little niceties in life.)
Yes, as scary as it is, hangry exists; it’s real, people. Be afraid . . . be very afraid. The emotions have always been there, and then, about eight or nine years ago, there was a name for this food-deprived state of being. Hangry has cleverly worked its way into our lexicon—so much so that Merriam-Webster has added it to their Open Dictionary under “New Words & Slang.”
A hangry person is like a crying baby.
To hear them yell it, they’re starving. Not good. But I have a question: What’s even scarier than running into a friend or colleague who shows signs of being hangry? Living under the same roof with a spouse who’s hangry!
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study that states, in part,
“People are often the most aggressive against the people to whom they are closest—intimate partners. Intimate partner violence might be partly a result of poor self-control. Self-control of aggressive impulses requires energy, and much of this energy is provided by glucose derived from the food we eat.”
[Bushman, Brad J., C. Nathan DeWall, Richard S. Pond, Jr., and Michael D. Hanus. “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” Low Glucose Relates to Greater Aggression in Married Couples. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.]
The take-away from hangry could be this: a) Eat!, b) if your spouse, live-in, significant other, etc. is hangry, run, c) always, ALWAYS keep snacks in your car, desk, closet, pants pocket, purse, wallet, bra, shoe or wherever you can access it expeditiously.
Embrace the hangry. No, wait . . . scratch that; keep your hangry in check — embrace some food, instead.
You wanted to know? Now you know.
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